Wimbledon has announced a record prize money for this summer’s tournament as it seeks to avoid a player boycott after being stripped of ranking points due to its banning of Russians and Belarusians.
Championships participants will compete for a total prize pool of £40.35million, 11.1% more than at last year’s event – which had reduced capacity due to coronavirus – and 5.4 % more than the previous edition in 2019.
The two singles champions will each take home £2million, the second half, while those beaten in the first round will still receive £50,000.
Participants in the qualifying competition will also benefit from an increase of 26% compared to last year and 48.1% compared to 2019.
John Isner and Lucas Pouille have publicly indicated they could skip Wimbledon after he was stripped of ranking points for banning Daniil Medvedev during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the All England Club, said: “From the first round of qualifying competition to the crowning of champions, this year’s award distribution aims to reflect how important players are to the Championships as we are looking to continue to host one of the most important sporting events in the world.
Doubles and mixed doubles prize pools increased by 9.6 and 17.4% compared to 2021 and 2019, respectively, while wheelchair and quad events increased by 19.8 and 40.1% .
A return to full capacity of crowds for the first time in three years and a scheduled game on the middle Sunday for the first time helped make such an increase in prize money possible.
Before retiring due to injury, Naomi Osaka said last month: “I would love to go there just to get some experience on grass, but at the same time, for me, it’s a bit… I don’t mean useless – no pun intended – but I’m the kind of player who gets motivated by seeing my ranking go up, stuff like that.
Former semi-finalist Isner, who has a plate at Wimbledon after playing the longest match in tennis history there in 2010, said: “Right now, to be honest, I’m not thrilled to Wimbledon. I could just show up on Saturday and maybe play on Monday and see what happens. Because, you know, our currency on tour is points.
Pouille told L’Equipe he didn’t expect to play, incorrectly predicting the prize money would be ‘reduced’.
He added: “I had first decided not to play Wimbledon before saying to myself ‘No, it’s still a grand slam, you’re going to go’, and I signed up for the tournaments on grass. But I don’t think I will go.
What is that?
This is the third grand slam of the year, the Wimbledon championships which take place between Monday June 27 and Sunday July 10.
When is the draw for the championships?
The official draw will take place on Friday June 24 at 10 a.m.
How to follow the draw?
The draw will not be televised but you will be able to follow all the key matches through our live blog. Just bookmark this page and come back Friday.
What are the latest news ?
Andy Murray has pulled out of Queen’s amid speculation his abdominal injury could seriously hamper his Wimbledon campaign.
The damage is not believed to be major, with the two-time champion describing the injury as ‘not significant’ but ‘tricky’, revealing that although he is back in training with trainer Ivan Lendl he has not couldn’t practice some shots, which almost certainly includes the most important serve.
Emma Raducanu also suffers from an abdominal injury but, like Murray, is expected to play. The US Open champion will be seeded 10th for this year’s championships, the All England Club has confirmed.
Raducanu, who reached the fourth round at SW19 last year in her breakthrough tournament, moves up one spot in her world ranking due to the absence of world No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Wimbledon announced in April that it would ban players from Russia and Belarus due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
British men’s number 1 Cameron Norrie moves up three places from his rankings to be seeded ninth, while Dan Evans will be seeded 29th.
World number 1 Daniil Medvedev and fellow Russian Andrey Rublev are both out of the squad, while world number 2 Alexander Zverev is also out through injury.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal assume the top two men’s seeds respectively, while world number one Iga Swiatek leads the women’s seeds ahead of Anett Kontaveit and Ons Jabeur.
Who are the defending champions?
Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty won the singles tournaments in 2021 – but Barty will not return to defend his crown after retiring unexpectedly from tennis earlier this year.